I’ll Fly Away

In the early days of our church we decided to do a concert so we could have an event that we could all invite people to attend who didn’t go to church any place else. We were running about 100 people on Sunday mornings and we had a goal of growing up to 200 people in attendance in the next ten years.The problem was that with 100 people there aren’t a lot of singers available with the kind of voices that you feel comfortable inviting your friends too. We were so hard up for quality voices that I sang with three other guys in a male quartet. We sang “I’ll Fly Away”. That experience was so traumatic for me that I still remember it clearly and think about it often.

Last night I bought some airline tickets to fly to Fairbanks, Alaska where our daughter Shelley lives with her husband Philip and six grandkids. I bought a ticket for Patty, two of our local grandkids who are going with us, and myself. All the time I am navigating around on Alaska Airlines website I am singing, “I’ll Fly Away.”

“I’ll Fly Away“ that means I am headed for heaven, “ Soon and very Soon,” is when I am going.

Philippians 3:18-21. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

That sounds to me like, “I’ll Fly Away.”

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